Wednesday 27th October
Join us from Middlesbrough, Yarm, Thirsk, and York.
Tornado will travel to Middlesbrough and head our train from the start. We depart west calling first at Yarm station and heading on via Northallerton to our next pick up at Thirsk. Our final calling point is the magnificent York station.
From here we head out of the city and pass by mills and brick chimneys reminding us of the industrial history of the area. Once at Skipton we are out into the open countryside and soon pass Settle Junction and join the famous route to Carlisle.
We soar over viaducts, and plunge through deep cuttings and tunnels, as the railway climbs to the famous viaduct at Ribblehead. A slow pass off the viaduct proceeds the long Blea Moor Tunnel before we continue a more gentle climb to Ais Gill summit. From here it is down hill virtually all the way to Carlisle, passing beautiful isolated farms, small villages and stunning countryside.
We then arrive into the border city of Carlisle where there will be time to explore the city before our return journey.
For our return journey we will retrace our route from the morning but this time with Flying Scotsman at the head of our train. The wonderful scenery will be there to enjoy again and Flying Scotsman will be working hard as we climb to the summit at Ais Gill, some 1169 feet above sea level.
We then descend down to Settle Jn and our water stop at Hellifield. We then steam on to York where we change from steam to diesel traction for the last leg of our journey back to Thirsk, Yarm and Middlesbrough.